AnglerFish Aquatics

New England Swimming

Being a new swimmer or swim parent, or even just changing teams, can be pretty confusing.  There's a lot of new informantion to learn.  This page has some links to documents and resources that new athletes and parents may find helpful.  Some are recommended by USA Swimming, and some are some of the best things we've found work well over time.  

**Feel free to suggest links and resources you think others might find useful.

USA Swimming overview.

Anglerfish Aquatics is a USA Swim team.  New England Swimming is the governing body of our area within USA Swim.  Its known as the Local Swim Committee or LSC.  New England Swimming oversees and sanctions MOST of the meets we go to.  They organize and create cut times for the championship meets we attend each season.  

Those times can be found here. 

Kids can get involved!! New England Swimming has programs and positions where swimmers can become active in their community.  There are Athlete Representitives on the New England Swimming Board of Directors.  Learn more and find contact information here!

Swimmer Resources

Goal Setting. Its very important, and we revisit goals every year.  Sample Goal Sheet posting here soon!  

We recommend all young athletes get a free account at goswim.tv    Its a FREE service and they email out daily videos about techniques, drills, and swim knowledge.  Always be learning, and if kids are going to be on phones, watch something useful.  

Track stuff.  https://www.yourswimlog.com/ysb/  The more serious about swim you are, the more you should know.  I started logging practices, race times, and training notes, and it helped me grow as a swimmer and build great skills and habits that were useful away from the pool.  

https://swimswam.com/  Have fun learning your sport.  Follow your favorite athletes and teams on social media platforms.  

Know your Role.  Swimmers swim. Parents parent.  Coaches coach.  While there may be some crossover with parents and coaches.  Swimmers are neither.  Be respectful to both, keep open ears, and an open mind.  Even if you disagree.  Coach is not your friend.  Coach is a mix of coach, teacher, parent, and maybe a slice of friend in there.  

Parent Resources

You're in a need to know program.  Anything you need to know, WILL make its way to your email.  Meet signups? You'll get reminders.  Equipment deadlines? You'll get reminders.  Emergency notifications? You'll get info as soon as decisions are made.  The catch is....  read your emails.  

All other swim knowledge is optional.  Don't be overwealmed by what you don't know.  Ask questions of coaches, other parents, Google. 

Know your Role too.  Swimmers swim. Parents parent.  Coaches coach.  While there may be some crossover with parents and coaches, swimmers don't need coaches at home 24/7.  There's a time to turn it off and support.  Please ask questions and challenge coaching staff, but also keep open ears and open minds.  

BECOME AN OFFICIAL!!  Meets cannot run without officials.  There's lots of good reasons to do it.  You get a front row seat to the action.  You're there anyways. It earns us recognition with USA Swim and you can help us get into meets!  Maybe you like wet feet.  Its too hot in the stands anyways.  Its a great way to contribute to the community your kids love.  

New England Swimming Officials Page  Getting started involves a online (zoom) course, backround check, registration, and starting to apprentice at some meets.  Its SO IMPORTANT, that Anglerfish will credit your child's meet fees for expenses paid out.  

Notes on Meet Fees

 

Historically, Anglerfish has charged $5 extra per swimmer in addition to the fees exactly as collected by host teams.  So if you read the fine print in the meet packets, you may have noticed that you were charged $5 more than the info says.  This $5 has been for the purpose of paying coaches, covering a couple coach meals, and covering admin time managing meet entries.  This charge will remain.  

 

Anglerfish is going to start to institute a travel charge assessed to families for meets as well.  This is specifically to reduce or eliminate the burden of coach travel arrangements to the team and the families attending a meet.   

A regular meet that’s less than 60 miles from CHS, will be $5 per athlete (for a total of $10 ink excess of fees paid to host).  

Any championship meet (Regionals, Silvers, Age Groups, NE Seniors) or any meet in excess 61+ miles from CHS the travel charge will be $15 per athlete (for a total of $20 in excess of fees paid to host).  Any meet requiring air travel, the travel fee will be $45 per athlete (total of $50).  

 

**Athletes may also receive a financial subsidy provided by the parents association for national travel meets.  Representation of the Anglerfish name in big competition is very important for our team and athlete growth.  

 

The travel fee serves 2 major purposes.  It serves the team and coaches by adding a budget for coach hotel rooms making meets less exhausting for those long coaching days.  Myself and other coaches have made decisions to make long drives home, after hours of coaching, possibly driving back in the mornings to not spend money on accommodations closer to the meet.  The travel fee will also serve families by relieving the burden of dividing coach expenses allocated to families when planning travel meets.  

 

 

Notes on Fundraising 

 

Also with the challenges of COVID and our current competitive atmosphere, there has been renewed interest in fundraising among some members.  Fundraising is a great way to help accomplish a range of different things.  In an effort to be inclusive of everyone on the team, and respectful of those putting in the effort to get initiatives off the ground, funds raised through fundraisers attached directly to Anglerfish Aquatics will have a 30% / 70% split.  Where 30% will go info a fund that benefits every single athlete.  Such as equipment for the pool, social events, team apparel/banquet gift, banquet funding, championships meet fee subsidy), and up to 70% may be dedicated toward a specific purpose identified in the specific fundraiser information (travel expenses for travel meet).  

 

 

Notes on Parents Association

 

Anglerfish Aquatics is starting the process to get a parents association officially up and running.  If you’re interested in being a part of the team management let me know.  Anglerfish Aquatics is growing, and the more support we get, the easier is it to create the best experience for your athletes.  A parents association will involve a board with positions including, president, VP, secretary, and treasurer.  Historically, (as Envious Swimming) hosted meets provided the opportunity for the parents association to put thousands of dollars back into the team.  I’m trying to work our way back to hosting meets again! 

 

The parents association will handle all the things we’d LIKE to do, that I can’t manage to get done as 1 person alone.  As an active member on the parents association you have a say in social events, banquets, meet management, fundraisers, equipment purchases, and being a deciding voice in how much support ($) goes in which directions.  Yeah, there’s some work involved, but an active and healthy parents association can make our club financially healthy, reduce financial barriers for deserving athletes, and make us be a well-dressed proud team.  

 

Let me know if you’re interested in getting involved.